Electronic Arts has confirmed that it will unveil the next Need For Speed game at Gamescom 2019.
According to PC Gamer, the publisher’s CEO Andrew Wilson confirmed in a recent earnings call that the latest iteration of the driving game franchise will be officially announced at the show, which takes place in Cologne between August 20 and 24.
It has also emerged that the game may be entitled Need For Speed: Heat, after IGN spotted a listing for a game of that name on Austrian retailer Gameware’s site, which was hastily taken down.
The fact that a new Need For Speed game has been under development and is scheduled to be released before the end of 2019 was already established. In a May blog post, Need For Speed Developer Ghost Games’ Ben Walke said: “You can also probably guess where this is going, but for those who haven’t – a new Need for Speed game will be releasing later in 2019! This year is a bit of a special one for NFS, too, as we are turning 25 years. We’ve had almost 25 years going fast, and we can’t wait to kick-start our 26th with the next NFS game.”
In that post, Ghost Games strongly hinted that the next Need For Speed game would be announced at Gamescom. Bearing in mind that Ghost Games is located in Gothenburg – more or less directly north of Cologne – the company said: “With that, know that we’re here, we’re building an amazing game that we can’t wait to show off, and the next time we talk, we’ll be packing our bags and heading south for the full unveiling. We’ll see you then.”
The same EA earnings call which confirmed Need For Speed’s presence at Gamescom also threw up the news that the publisher will release a new Plants Vs Zombies game before the end of 2019. Although no details were forthcoming, it is believed that it will be a new iteration of the Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare spin-off which, according to Eurogamer, is codenamed Picnic and is about to enter a period of alpha testing.
It’s likely that both games will be officially unveiled at Gamescom. For further EA-related information, visit the company’s website.